Come and see us at Eurocall 2014!

All of the SpeakApps partners will attend the forthcoming EuroCALL 2014 conference, an important annual event that gathers researchers, practitioners and experts of Computer Assisted LanguageLearning (CALL) from all over Europe.

Eurocall 2014

Eurocall 2014

This year, the event will be held 20-23 August at the University of Groningen (RUG), which is also a SpeakApps project partner together with The Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Dublin City University (DCU) and Jagiellonian University (JU). The theme of Eurocall 2014 is CALL Design: Principles and Practice, and the SpeakApps team is taking this opportunity to show how the SpeakApps tools can be used in several practical and productive ways.

On the first day of the conference (20 August), a practical workshop under the title Practising oral skills online will be run by the whole team. After reflecting on speaking practice in the classroom, participants will be given hands-on practice using the SpeakApps tools and designing pedagogical tasks. On the second day of the conference (21 August), the UOC will give a presentation named MOOCing language learning: reconsidering elearning issues within the strand devoted to open education research and development, which will consider how to employ SpeakApps for a MOOC that the UOC is organizing in the autumn. Finally, on the third day of the conference (22 August), the SpeakApps team is to present two papers. The first talk, in the course design research strand, is entitled Authentic oral language production and interaction in CALL: A conceptual framework for the use of learning analytics within the SpeakApps project. The second talk, SpeakApps 2: Speaking practice in a foreign language through ICT tools, will be delivered within the European projects strand.

These days will be very intensive and we expect many participants and new constructive ideas for the project. Stay tuned and join us in Groningen!